, Volume 63, Issue 1, pp 6–12 | Cite as

An Embodied, Dialogic Endeavor: Towards a Posthumanizing Approach to Creativity with Dr. Kerry Chappell

  • Rohit MehtaEmail author
  • Danah Henriksen
  • the Deep-Play Research Group
Column: Rethinking Technology & Creativity in the 21st Century

“The insufferable arrogance of human beings to think that Nature was made solely for their benefit, as if it was conceivable that the sun had been set afire merely to ripen men's apples and head their cabbages.” – Cyrano de Bergerac

“A means to enmeshing ethicality within our creative processes and actions is through embodied dialogue as the driver of the creative process.” – Kerry Chappell

In this article series, we have engaged in interviews with creativity scholars, researchers, and thinkers across domains. In seeking to give voice to the diversity of perspectives on creativity, our work has spanned disciplines and viewpoints, from neuroscience to design, or education to business, and more. In this article, we extend that voice to another scholar, Dr. Kerry Chappell, who as part of her own work has also sought to broaden the scope of perspectives and ways that people contribute creatively with her focus on questioning the ethical and posthumanizing elements of creativity.




The Deep-Play Research group is a loose collective of faculty and graduate students at Arizona State University, California State University, and Michigan State University. Participants include: Danah Henriksen, Sarah Keenan-Lechel, Rohit Mehta, Punya Mishra, Carmen Richardson, & Melissa Warr.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rohit Mehta
    • 1
    Email author
  • Danah Henriksen
    • 2
  • the Deep-Play Research Group
  1. 1.Curriculum and Instruction, Kremen School of Education and Human DevelopmentCalifornia State UniversityFresnoUSA
  2. 2.Educational Leadership & Innovation, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers CollegeArizona State UniversityPhoenixUSA

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